Activity/Intramural Participation Form

In addition to the Activity/Intramural Participation Form, there is a $25 fee for each after-school activity with a competition outside of school with the exception of the school musical, which is priced differently.

Competitive activities include:

  • future problem solvers
  • junior high math league
  • math counts
  • math masters
  • science bowl
  • technovations 

Students can participate in up to two after-school clubs and/or activities in the fall season. This allows for fewer disruptions and better teamwork for all involved and creates more competitive teams.

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Simson at 763-745-6279 or

Chess Club

Chess Club meets on specified Tuesdays from 4:05-5:20 p.m. in room 110. The activity bus is available and will leave at 5:30 p.m. The culminating event is the Minnesota Scholastic Championship which usually takes place at the end of March. There may be opportunities for mini-tournaments in advance of the state championship.

Chess Club will meet on Tuesdays September 18 to November 6 and January 29 to March 12. (There will be no Chess Club on conference nights.)

During practices students play games with each other and with Wayzata high school competitors who attend the training sessions. Please bring your chess board and pieces to the practices.

You are invited to participate no matter what level you are. Please pick up a student activities participation form from Ms. Clinite in the Student Services office. Contact Ms. Eugene with any questions you may have by phone at 763-745-6261 or

There is a $25 activity fee plus an additional $25 fee to participate in the optional competition in March.

Future Problem Solving

Future Problem Solving gives students in all grade levels the opportunity to work as teams using creative and critical thinking skills to solve hypothetical issues of the future. Teams are comprised of four students who compete in either the Junior Division (through 6th grade) or the Middle Division (7th-9th grade).

Practices are held on Mondays after school from 4:10-5:20 p.m. in the media center. Students are expected to attend all sessions unless they have made prior arrangements or are ill. The first meeting this year for new participants will be on Monday, September 24. All veteran members should attend their first meeting on Monday, October 1.

There are two tournaments that we attend: the Regional competition, on Saturday, February 2 and the State competition to be held Saturday, March 30 at Apollo High School in St. Cloud.

Please pick up an activities registration form from Ms. Benezra in the media center or from Ms. Clinite in the Student Services office. There is a $25 registration fee for Future Problem Solving because it is a competitive club. Students must complete the Future Problem Solving sign-up form prior to our first meeting. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Benezra at 763-745-6248 or

INK Creative Writing Club

Are you interested in writing creatively?

INK club meets Wednesdays after school from December through May. Students will be able to write, share their work, and get feedback on their writing.

If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Lawrence at 763-745-6275 or

Junior High Math League

Junior High Math League is a competitive math club that meets from September to January either Monday or Wednesday with five competitions on Mondays. 6th, 7th and 8th graders are welcome to join. Registration materials can be found online at the bottom of this webpage. Still have questions? See one of the coaches: Kathy Simson, Gifted & Talented coordinator or Cody Lunde, 7th grade math teacher.

The purpose of the JHML is to encourage students to participate in math contests, serve as a "farm club" for the High School Math League, enable students to meet mathletes from other schools and to provide recognition for students excelling in mathematics. It also serves as preparation for the annual MathCounts competition.

Member schools belong to a division of 2-15 schools that often are aligned with their athletic conference competitors. Each school has a team (or teams) with a maximum of six students with no more than four 8th graders. Individual participation is also encouraged for those not on the official team. The teams in each division come together for five meets each season.

Parent volunteers will be needed during the competitions to help proctor testing and record scores. More information will be forthcoming when the practices begin.

Four of the competitions will take place at East and students will be done in time to ride the late bus home. The final competition in January will take place at Wayzata Central Middle School. As a team we will take the activity bus to Central after school, but all mathletes must make arrangements to be picked up at Central by a parent at the end of the competition at approximately 5:45. 

No need to sign up in advance, please come to the first practice. Questions or concerns can be directed to the coaches:

Kathy Simson

Cody Lunde

JHML Registration Form

JHML Parent Student Information including Schedule

State Junior High Math League Website

Knowledge Master Open (KMO)

A challenging yet social academic competition in which teams of students compete district wide without leaving their own schools.

At East Middle School, each grade level will create one team and students will practice during their lunch time each week starting in October and ending in March. 7th & 8th grade will practice on Fridays and 6th grade on Thursdays. No need to sign up in advance. Just show up for the first practice. Practices will be announced on the school news show. 

All students are welcome.

For more information please contact Ms. Simson at

MATHCOUNTS Competition

MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools and is supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels. Public, private, religious and home schools alike are eligible to participate, as long as students are in the sixth, seventh and/or eighth grade.

All students at East Middle School are eligible for a spot on the East Middle School team. Each school is allowed to bring one team of 4 students that will compete on the team and individual rounds as well as six additional individuals that will compete solely in the individual rounds. The chapter competition takes place in February on a Saturday. Specific date is yet to be determined. A qualifying test will be administered at East on Wednesday, November 28 in room 200, 4:10-5:20. Students will finish in time to take the late bus home at 5:30 p.m. The coach for this team is Ms. Simson. 

First and second place students and teams at the local level will compete at a state competition in March. The top four students at state will combine to create a Minnesota State team and will represent our state at the national competition in late April.

For more information about the national program visit

Math Masters

This event is available only to 6th graders that qualify for the competition. All math students in 6th grade are welcome to take part in the placement testing. 6th grade students in the accelerated math program and University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP, pronounced "um-tee-ump") will automatically be tested as part of the class experience, other students may also be tested during the school day by letting their math teacher know by the beginning of December of their interest.

East Middle School will bring three teams (five students each) to this competition. Practices will be on Mondays or Wednesdays from February to April.

The event includes an individual number facts/order of operations round, four individual problem-solving rounds and three group problem-solving rounds with team members cooperating over the solutions. The competition lasts approximately three to four hours, including short breaks.

Awards given at the competition include participation certificates for all members, individual place awards and team plaques.

For more information contact Kathy Simson at or 763-745-6279 or the math master website at


Technovation is a program that offers girls the opportunity to learn the skills they need to become future tech entrepreneurs and leaders. The group is asked to identify a problem they see in their community and then develop strategies to solve that problem. They work in a team to create a mobile app as well as a business plan to launch the app, supported by mentors and guided by the Technovations curriculum.

The curriculum includes four stages of launching a mobile app:

  • Ideation: identifying a problem in the community
  • Technology: developing a mobile app solution
  • Entrepreneurship: build a business plan to launch the app
  • Pitch: bring the business to market

Registration not available yet for this school year.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Takekawa at

Trojan Pride Ambassadors (Student Council)

East Middle School’s Student Council group is called the Trojan Pride Ambassadors (TPA). We are a problem solving and decision-making group of students that supports school activities and initiatives. The TPAs will have members from each grade level and team. Mrs. Kimlinger, EMS school counselor, facilitates the group. Over the course of the upcoming year we will learn specific leadership skills as well as work on the initiatives listed below.

  • Learn, participate and practice leadership skills
  • Organize a variety of fundraising and community service activities
  • Model EAST Mode: Effort, Attitude, Self-Discipline and Trojan Pride
  • Plan social activities at EMS (school dances, Spirit Week)
  • Provide student leadership at the 5th grade orientation
  • Serve as student guides for new students
  • Engage in community outreach and service

Students who are interested in becoming a Trojan Pride Ambassador should be:

  • Flexible
  • Exhibit the potential for leadership
  • Display positive classroom behavior
  • Have a genuine interest in the welfare of others and East Middle School
  • Consistently demonstrate Trojan Pride

Application: Students who wish to become a Trojan Pride Ambassador for the 2018-19 school year must complete an online application and submit it no later than Friday, September 14, 2018. All applicants will be interviewed by Mrs. Kimlinger during the week of September 17-21.

Students interested in applying to become a TPA can complete an online application. A limited number of copies are also available in the Student Services Office.

Note: Returning TPAs do not need to complete the entire application process but do need to inform Mrs. Kimlinger of their intention to continue in the group.

Please note: Students selected to be TPAs can be dismissed for poor grades, attendance, conduct or attitude. Two 8th grade TPAs will be selected to represent EMS on Wayzata High School’s Student Council for 9th grade (this selection takes place at the end of the 2018-19 school year).

Meetings: TPA meetings are scheduled 1-2 times a month and students also meet occasionally during lunch. Additional meetings are scheduled as large events approach. There are many opportunities for extra involvement throughout the year. We encourage students to participate in other activities and will exercise flexibility and provide options to make up a missed meeting due to scheduling conflicts.

Questions: If you have questions about East’s Student Council group, the Trojan Pride Ambassadors, please contact Debbie Kimlinger at 763-745-6231 or

TPA's Accomplishments

  • TPAs help plan the annual EMS Charity 5K
  • In 2018 EMS raised over $6,000 to support Pinky Swear
  • TPAs organize an annual food drive that donates thousands of pounds of food to a local food shelf

Yearbook Committee

The Yearbook Staff is comprised of 6th-8th grade students, boys and girls, who share an interest in taking pictures, being creative, designing things on the computer and have an eye for details. Meetings will be held before school and a schedule will be announced once the staff has been selected.

Application for Yearbook Staff

Applications should be brought to the informational meeting that will be held Tuesday, October 2 at 8:00 in the ETD room, 107.

If you have questions, please email Terri Bostrom at

News Crew

Are you interested in being on the Monday morning news show? Would you rather be behind the scenes as the tech crew (controls, camera, etc.)? Or maybe you have some amazing ideas for creative videos to add to the show. If any of these are what you are looking for please complete this form.

After you complete the form Ms. Benezra will contact  you and add you to the News Crew Canvas page. Our second planning meeting will be on Thursday, September 27, 2018. It is important that you attend that meeting.

Please contact Beth Benezra with any questions at

6th Grade Track Team

All 6th graders are invited to join the 6th Grade Track Team, no experience necessary. There are five after-school practices and a meet against Central and West middle schools.

Students can sign up at the Student Services Office.

Practice Dates

All practices will be held at East after school

  • Thursday, September 20 
  • Monday, September 24
  • Thursday, September 27
  • Wednesday, October 3
  • Thursday, October 4

Track Meet Date:

The track meet will be held at Central Middle School on Tuesday, October 9. 

If you have any questions contact Debbie Kimlinger at

6th Grade Play

6th graders interested in performing or assisting with the crew for the 6th grade play should sign-up for an audition time in the media center prior to September 24. This year's play is The Enchanted Bookshop. Please contact Mrs. Lawrence at or Ms. Benezra at with questions.

6th Grade Play Schedule